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What Are Gold PokeStops in Pokemon GO?

Mysterious new Gold PokeStops are appearing in Pokemon GO, but what are the new golden variants and what do they do?

If you’re logging into Pokemon GO today, you might notice something rather different about the nearby PokeStops. While some look the same as ever, others are a strange new golden color, something we’ve never seen before.

What’s more, there’s a mysterious new creature showing its face in-game.

What Do Golden PokeStops Do in Pokemon GO?

Gold PokeStops function similarly to regular PokeStops in Pokemon GO, but each one will also give players a mysterious coin when spun.

The ‘?????? Coin’ will attract the attention of a new Coin Pokemon that will begin to follow the player around on their journey.

Gold PokeStops in Pokemon GO
Credit: W4RLOCKK via PokeMiners

Here’s everything we know about the new Coin Pokemon and how to catch it in Pokemon GO!

Why Are Gold PokeStops in Pokemon Go

There is no clear explanation for the Gold PokeStops in Pokemon GO for the time being. Nonetheless, there is already evidence linking them to the Paldea region.

Gold PokeStop in Pokemon GO

What Happens After Spinning a Gold PokeStop

  • After spinning a Gold PokeStop, players have the chance of receiving a mysterious ‘?????? Coin’
  • Receiving this coin triggers a conversation with Professor Willow; he explains this is a very old coin and that there is something mysterious about it
  • Willow then receives a call from Jacq, the biology homeroom teacher at the academy on the Paldea region, for the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet & Violet games
  • Jacq is interested in this coin and hints he might know more about it
  • Professor Willow promises Jacq he will investigate more with the player and send Jacq all the details about the investigation
  • Willow tasks the player with getting more mysterious coins
  • After getting this coin, a new Coin Pokemon will begin following the player as they collect them.

How to Use Gold PokeStops

To use a Golden PokeStop, simply:

  • Approach the PokeStop’s real-world location
  • When close, tap the Golden PokeStop
  • Spin the disk by flicking your finger to the left or right, from the center.
  • You will then receive an assortment of items, including a ?????? Coin
How to Spin a PokeStop

What Does ?????? Coin Do in Pokemon GO?

Right now, the ?????? Coin appears to simply attract the attention of the new Coin Pokemon, which will begin following the player as they collect them.

Its description reads: “A coin with a mysterious air. It seems to have originated in the Paldea region.”

What is a ?????? Coin in Pokemon GO

It’s likely that the coins will be used as part of an upcoming set of challenges. Or perhaps a certain number will need to be collected in order to get a chance at catching the new Coin Pokemon.

Currently, the limit of Coins that a player can carry is set to 100.

We’ll update this article as Pokemon GO officially reveals further details.

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Comments 14

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

I've only had the one from the start


Saturday 12th of November 2022

me too. I've spun around 10 gold stops with only one coin. The cute little dude follows me around for a bit.


Monday 7th of November 2022

Not all the gold stops are giving me coins. I've spun about 20 gold stops and only have four coins. My daughter has spun about 30 gold stops and has six coins. There is no way we are going to be able to collect enough coins for whatever use they are going to have.


Sunday 6th of November 2022

You get A LOT of items from these stops, and they seem to be randomized, I had one turn blue and upon returning it was gold again.


Saturday 5th of November 2022

You can spin the same golden stop multiple times before getting a coin and can get more then one from the same stop-different spin.


Saturday 5th of November 2022

I spun 30 gold stops. Got 1 gold coin and never saw the coin critter...but noticed I got 15 items from each of those stops!


Saturday 12th of November 2022

@Emma, I only got one coin (from the first spin). But, a cute little one has followed me for a while. I've spun around 12 or so gold pokestops.


Friday 11th of November 2022

@Genie, He's really small. Looks like a flea on the screen and he is constantly moving around. If you click on him, there will be a coin icon above him. People have said that he looks towards the next pokestop with a coin, but he's so small I can't really make that out. Either way, we can't catch him yet, so as long as you have the coins in your inventory, the game believes you already had the conversation with Professor Jacq (he talks with willow in a hologram session when you spin the first gold stop.) There's images online if you really want to see what it was supposed to say (there's probably even a youtube session with it.) You didn't miss much.


Tuesday 8th of November 2022

@BadBec, mine too. I only have one from the first gold pokestop Despite spinning many since.


Monday 7th of November 2022

@Genie, that’s my issue as well